On Saturday night the Washington Huskies will travel to Stanford for a highly anticipated matchup of two of the Pac-12’s best teams. Both teams have opened the season with a 4-0 record and are tied for first place in the Pac-12’s North division.
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Washington Huskies vs. Stanford Cardinal College Football Preview
College Football Betting Odds from WagerWeb
College Football Betting Favorite: Stanford -7
This Washington vs. Stanford matchup is probably the best game of the weekend, so let’s get right to the preview and free pick.
Washington opened the season with a big against Boise State, and has continued winning over the following three weeks. Last week the Huskies opened their Pac-12 season with a convincing win over Arizona, 31-13. This game starts a three game stretch where Washington also takes on three national ranked teams including Oregon and Arizona State.
The Huskies have been winning with a balanced offensive attack. The team ranks 31st in the nation in passing at 285.3 yards a game and 11th in rushing at 288.8 yards per game. The team has also been dominant on the defensive end allowing a mere 10.8 points per game, good for 4th in the country. Washington’s pass defense has been practically strong allowing only 156.8 yards a game.
Quarterback Keith Price has led the Huskies’ offense, throwing for 1,044 yards and 9 touchdowns so far this season. Price has been spreading the ball around. Seven different receivers have caught at least one touchdown pass. Add in running back Bishop Sankey, and the Huskies have a tremendous combination in the backfield.
Stanford has continued their recent success with a fast start to this season. The Cardinals are ranked #5 in the country and already have two Pac-12 wins, including a 42-28 win over #23 Arizona State.
Stanford has been an offensive force so far this season. The team is averaging 41.3 points per game, and has put up at least 34 points in all four of their wins. While Stanford has been putting up large point totals each week the team ranks only 77th nationally in passing yards at 221.3 per game.
Running back Tyler Gaffney has paced Stanford’s rushing attack this year. The senior has rushed for 377 yards and five touchdowns so far, including a 132 yard performance against Army two weeks ago. Wide receiver Ty Montgomery’s four receiving touchdowns ranks fifteenth in the nation.
Stanford has covered the spread against Washington four out of the past five years, failing to do so only in 2012. During this time frame the teams are averaging a combined 53.6 points per game, yet have only met the over twice. So far this year Washington is perfect against the spread going 3-0-1, but are just 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five meetings with Stanford.
Free Pick: Over 52.5
Washington has picked up the pace a lot on offense this year, and they have the weapons to score on Stanford’s secondary. The Cardinal offense is much better than it was a year ago as well, and they are out for revenge here. This should be a great game, but I do like the over.